Running on the Android operating system, Palm is a great first phone for kids, and not just because it’s water-resistant and uses Gorilla Glass. It also includes location tracking and intuitive parental control options. The Palm is a more portable phone that’s designed to be less distracting — another plus for younger users. Through Google Family Link, Palm has a handful of options to make it a kid-friendly device that parents can trust.
How To Set Up Google Family Link
Google Family Link is an app that allows parents to view their child’s smartphone activity, manage the apps they can use and download, set screen time limits, lock their device, and even track their location.
Family Link does not block inappropriate content, but some apps have their own filtering options. Google apps, such as Search and Chrome, have filtering options that you can find in Family Link. For parents of teens 13 and older, Restricted Mode on YouTube is an optional setting that can be used to help filter out mature content. However, Google notes that these filters are not perfect, so explicit, graphic, or other content you may not want your child to see makes it through sometimes.
Kids and teens that use Android devices running version 7.0 or higher can use Family Link. Some devices running Android versions 5.0 and 6.0 may be able to run Family Link. Parents can use Family Link on any Android devices running versions 4.4 and higher as well as iPhones running iOS9 and higher.
Family Link also runs on Chromebook. With the Family Link app, you can choose what websites your child can access using Chrome, supervise your child’s app usage, and more. Family Link can be used with Chromebooks running Chrome OS versions 71 or higher.
to learn how to set up Google Family Link.
Parental Controls on the Google Play Store
While the Android operating system doesn't have parental controls for devices, it does have parental controls built into the Google Play Store. Here's how to set these up, which will block your child from viewing and downloading mature content on the Play Store.
- Open the Play Store app.
- Tap the Menu button.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Parental Controls.
- Toggle Parental Controls On.
- Create a PIN.
Now you can tap Apps & Games, Films, TV, Magazines, or Music. Each of these options will allow you to restrict access to each content type by maturity.
Limit Mobile Data
If you're on a plan that does not have unlimited data, it may be a good idea to limit the amount of data that your child consumes on their device. It could save you from charges related to overages.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Network and Internet.
- Tap Data Usage.
- Tap Data Saver.
- Toggle the switch to turn Data Saver On or Off.
Preventing Guest Mode Access
Kids may try to get around Bark’s parental controls on their personal profile by logging in as a guest, which could expose them to potential dangers and inappropriate content. Fortunately, you can turn off guest mode so your child will always have to log in with their own profile.
How to delete guest mode
From your child's device Home screen, the lock screen, and many app screens, swipe down from the top with two fingers to open up Quick Settings.
Tap Switch user.
Tap Add guest. This will create and switch you to a guest profile on the device.
Once logged into guest mode, swipe down with two fingers again.
Tap Remove guest to be switched back to the main user account.
Swipe down with two fingers again, tap User and confirm that the Add users from lock screen is toggled off.
How to password protect the main user account
The main user on a device acts as the administrator. Once you create it, if your child tries to switch to this user, it will require the PIN or password.
Head to Settings > Security.
Tap on Screen lock.
Choose a PIN or password.
Create a new user and install Bark if you have an account.
Swipe down with two fingers from the top of your child's device Home screen to open Quick Settings.
Tap Switch user.
Tap More Settings or Add user.
Tap Setup up user now and you will be switched to that new user's profile. Follow the setup steps.
Setup your child's (or yours) Google Account.